David Lee Sloan

David Lee Sloan, 71, formerly of Colfax and Bloomington, IL and currently of La Feria, TX, passed away on Sunday June 22, 201 at the Valley Baptist Medical Center, Harlingen, TX

Visitation will be on Sunday, July 20, 2014 from 1—3P.M. at Beck Memorial Home in Bloomington, IL. Funeral services will be on Sunday, at 3:00pm following the visitation at the memorial home. A private family inurnment will follow at Park Hill Cemetery in Bloomington, IL. Memorial contributions may be made to the Community Cancer Center, 407 East Vernon Avenue, Normal, Il 61701 or the Valley Baptist Medical Center MICU, 2101 Pease St Harlingen, TX 78550, in his honor. Beck Memorial Home has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.

He was born on May 22, 1943 in Lincoln, IL, son of Eber and Imogene Charles Sloan. He married Darlene Huff on November 10, 1961 in Bloomington, IL; she preceded him in death on July 12, 2013.
Surviving are his two daughters, Diana (Tony) Witte, Bloomington, IL, and Denise (Keith Jackson) Sloan, LeRoy, IL. Also surviving are two grandchildren, Calyn and Sam Witte both of Bloomington, IL; several nieces and nephews, and his beloved cat, Bailey. David is preceded in death by both of his parents, one brother, Bob Sloan, and his infant twin sister, Linda Sloan who passed away at birth.
David was a Town of Normal Employee for many years.

He started his excavating career with Winstead Excavating; and later worked for West Construction. With the experience he gained while working in the excavating and construction industry, David decided it would be best to own and operate his own enterprise, opening Sloan Excavating in the 1970’s and D & A Foundations in the 1990’s. Along side with his loving wife Darlene, they partnered together having a very enjoyable career together with the excavation company up until their retirement in the fall of 2004. He was a long time member of Operating Engineers Local 649. David was an avid NHRA and St. Louis Cardinals Baseball fan.

He will be greatly missed by his loving family and wonderful friends from the Bloomington/Normal, Il; as well as his many close friends in South Texas Haven in La Feria, TX. There will be a celebration of his life later in the fall of 2014 at the club house in South Texas Haven in La Feria, TX. .

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Mitchell R. “Badger” Bledsoe

Mitchell R. “Badger” Bledsoe, 48 of Normal, Illinois, passed away on Sunday (July 6, 2014) in Springfield, Illinois.

Mitch’s service will be on Saturday (July 12, 2014) at 12pm at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL with Rev. Kirk Kendall officiating. Following the service burial will be held at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, Bloomington, IL. Visitation will be on Friday (July 11, 2014) 4-7pm at the funeral home.In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to The Baby Fold or to the Autism Society of McLean County.

Mitch was born on April 13, 1966 in Galesburg, IL, the son of Norman and Joy Mitchell Bledsoe. He married Michelle Darr on October 6, 2000 in Bloomington, Illinois.

He is survived by his mother; Joy Bledsoe of Galesburg, IL, his wife Michelle of Normal, 3 children; Mitchell C. Bledsoe, Preston Bledsoe and Payton Bledsoe all of Normal, IL. Also surviving are his brothers; Jamie (Tricia) Bledsoe of Wataga, IL and Curt Bledsoe of Galesburg, IL his sister; Laura (Todd) Anderson of Galesburg, IL along with the mother of his oldest son; Theresa Royse of Galesburg, IL and brother-in-law; Jeff (Rose) Darr of Milton, Florida.He is preceded in death by his father.

Mitch was a member of Bethel Baptist Church of Galesburg and Crosswinds Community Church of Bloomington.

He worked as a radio DJ for B104 for many years and recently worked as a bus driver for 1st Student serving Unit 5 Schools. Mitch was a 3 year member of the Bond Slaves Christian Motorcycle Club and recently was an 8 year member of the McLean County Chapter of the Outlaw Motorcycle Club.

Most important to Mitch was God, Family and his Harley. He never met a stranger and was every ones friend.

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Mary K. Turner

Mary K. Turner, of Bloomington, Illinois, passed away on Sunday (July 6, 2014) at 2:20am at her home.

Celebration of life will be held on Wednesday (July 9, 2014) from 5-7pm at the Landings Club House in Normal, IL. Cremation rites will be accorded.Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, Illinois is in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her children; James (Karen) Turner of El Paso, David Turner of Mossville, IL, Mike Turner of Bloomington and Sharon (Ron) Reiner of Normal. Also surviving are 6 grandchildren and several great grandchildren and her sister; Evelyn Hinthorn of Normal.

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Aaron Matthew Peacher

Aaron Matthew Peacher, 23 of Normal, IL passed away at 1:20p.m. in Bloomington, IL on June 14, 2014.

Visitation will be from 5—7pm at Beck Memorial Home on Friday, June 20, 2014. Services will be on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at First Baptist Church, Bloomington, IL at 11:00a.m. with Rev. Adam Davis and Rev. Frank McSwain, Sr., officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date at Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington, IL. Memorials may be directed to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), or to the Home Sweet Home Ministries, Bloomington, IL, www.hshministries.org in his memory.

Aaron was born on November 11, 1990, in Tulsa, OK, the son of Brian (Janine) Peacher, Bloomington, IL, and Robin (David) Landry, Normal, IL. Surviving are his beloved brothers, Brian and Robert Jamal Peacher, both of Bloomington, IL; his dear grandmother, Carcelia Mathes, Bloomington, IL; and many loving aunts and uncles. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Mary and Robert Peacher, and Bobbie Mathes.

He was a Normal West graduate of the 2009 class. Aaron was a student at Lincoln College-Normal, IL, from 2009-2013, and along with his academic pursuits also served as a New Student Orientation Leader, Student Commons staff member, and as a student speaker at the Matriculation Ceremony in 2011.

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Mark “Greg” Bryce

Mark “Greg” Bryce, 67 of Heyworth, IL, formerly of Irving, IL, passed away at 7:20p.m. on Thursday, June 12, 2014 at OSF. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, IL.
A private family gathering will be at a later date in Irving, IL. Cremation services provided by Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL.

Greg was born on May 15, 1947, son of George and Mary Hugener Bryce. He married Doris Stewart on May 22, 1989 in Paducah, KY; she survives, currently in Heyworth, IL. Also surviving are their children, Ricky (Nedra) Bryce, Irving, IL; and Tara (Brian) Brown, Heyworth, IL; Granddaughter, Emily Brown, Heyworth, IL; and brother, Nathan (Nancy) Bryce, Irving, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Greg was a member of the Masonic Lodge # 455 and of the American Legion Post # 425, both in Irving, IL. He also served honorably in the United States Army.

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Jeffory D. Knuth

Jeffory D. Knuth, 54, of Bloomington, passed away on Tuesday (June 10, 2014) at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal.

Jeff’s service will be on Friday (June 13, 2014) at 2pm at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington. Following services interment will take place in Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington. Visitation will be hour prior to service on Friday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Jeff was born on January 14, 1960 in Normal, Illinois, the son of Edward H. and Mary R. Knuth. He married Gloria Smith on September 8, 2006 in Bloomington.

He is survived by his wife of 32years, a daughter; Kim (Stacy Burkholder) Hany of Bloomington and Son Jamie Curry of Danvers along with five grandchildren; Brandy, Amber, Jacob, Andrew and Matthew. He is also survived by his sister; Karen (Mark) Kuhn and two brothers; Bill Blandford and Mike Knuth.

Jeff is preceded in death by both parents and one son; Paul Curry Jr.

He was a graduate of Bloomington High School and worked at Mitsubishi for 29+ years.

Jeff was an avid music lover and Mafia War Gammer. He enjoyed NASCAR and fishing and was instrumental in establishing the Bloomington Skate Park.

He loved his grandchildren and enjoyed spending time and getting involved with everything they did.

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Shirley G. Neal

Shirley G. Neal, 89 of Bloomington, Illinois, passed away on June 9, 2014 at 12:32am at Heritage Manor of Bloomington.

Shirley’s services will be on Thursday (June 12, 2014) at 1:30pm @ Park United Methodist Church, Bloomington with the Rev. Camilla Hempstead officiating. Following services interment will be held at East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington. Visitation will be on Wednesday (June 11, 2014) from 4-7pm at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington. Memorials may be made to the Zoological Society at Miller Park Zoo or to the American Heart Association. Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, Illinois is in charge of arrangements.

Shirley was born on August 5, 1924 in Dwight, Illinois, the daughter of Harry and Myrtle Anderson Giles. She married Carl A. Neal on November 21, 1944 in Bloomington, Illinois. He passed away on November 11, 1983.

She is survived by her son Ron (Ellen) Neal of Normal and her step-daughter Judy Riddle of Bloomington. Also surviving are her grandchildren; Sheilah (Richard West) Lane of Bloomington, Mike (Judy) Riggs of LeRoy, Traci (Marcus) Zeller of Hudson, Brad (Hilary Sandy) Neal of LeRoy along with several step grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, several step great grandchildren and 1 great great grandson.

Shirley is preceded in death by both parents, 1 daughter; Leaha R. Lane, 1 brother; Dale Giles and 1 sister; Mary Hillery-Giles.

Shirley retired from the City of Bloomington in the Finance Department. She was a member of Park United Methodist Church where she participated in singing in the choir, teaching Sunday School and was secretary of the UMW Club. Shirley also was a member of the PTA, Mother Singers and Business Women’s Club.

She enjoyed traveling and especially spending time with her family. Shirley had a pleasant disposition and personality that people enjoyed and will be missed dearly.

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Christopher Lee “Chris” McWhorter

Christopher Lee “Chris” McWhorter, 29, of Bloomington, IL, passed away Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria, IL.

His funeral service will be 2:30 PM Saturday, June 7, 2014 at the Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL. Burial will be at Randolph Township Cemetery, Heyworth, IL. Visitation will be 1:00 pm-2:30 PM Saturday, June 7, 2014 at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be made to his son Dylan’s Education Fund in care of his mother Amber McWhorter 709 W. Hamilton Rd, Bloomington IL. 61704.

Surviving are his parents, Tim and Tammy McWhorter, Bloomington IL; wife, Amber Nicole McWhorter, Bloomington, IL; son, Dylan McWhorter, Bloomington, IL; brother, Zach McWhorter, Bloomington, IL; paternal grandfather; Ray McWhorter, Bloomington, IL.

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Steven Douglas Kester

Steven Douglas Kester, 67, of Normal , formerly of Cerro Gordo, Decatur, and Pontiac died May 23, 2014, at home surrounded by loved ones. He is survived by his loving wife Cindy Lawson-Kester, as well as stepson Jacob Fulk and his wife Sarah, all of Normal. Also surviving are his brother Royal (Joe) Kester and sister-in-law Mary Kester, as well as nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents, Royal and Delores Kester of Decatur, and his brothers Dennis and Larry.

Steve’s record of service, both in the U. S. Army and to those around him wherever he was, endures. His Army service encompassed 1965-1968, and included an active tour of duty in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. For seventeen years he was a respected corrections officer and lieutenant at the prison in Pontiac, receiving a commendation for his part in quelling the riot there in 1978. He was later employed at Bridgestone/Firestone from which he retired in 2003. Steve was an active volunteer at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center.

Steve’s calling, which he lived fully, was to be of service to others and he was well known for his generosity of heart and principled integrity. He will be dearly missed by his family and many close friends.

Full military rites will take place at 10 AM on Thursday, May 29 at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood Illinois following an Honor Guard to the cemetery, with an open house to follow at the family home in Normal.
Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project (www.woundedwarriorproject.org).

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Scarlett Rose Hicks-Surratt

Scarlett Rose Hicks-Surratt, infant, passed away on May 16, 2014 in Bloomington, IL.

Graveside service will be held on Tuesday (May 27, 2014) at 11am at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, Bloomington, IL.

Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, Illinois is in charge of arrangements.

Surviving is her Mother; Alexius Hicks of Bloomington, her maternal grandparents; Tonya Rhodes of Bloomington and John (Kayla Brown) Hicks of Bloomington. Also surviving maternal great grandparents; Clifford (Nancy) Rhodes of Bloomington and Norman (Linda) Hicks of Bloomington.

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